"But here arises a new question, how can it be that he who has once made such a progress should afterwards fall away? For God, it may be said, calls none effectually but the elect, and Paul testifies that they are really his sons who are led by his Spirit, (Romans 8:14) and he teaches… Continue reading John Calvin on Hebrews 6:4 and Falling away.
Here are both of the genealogies of Jesus given to us by Matthew and Luke, showing both Mary and Joseph's lineage. Similar to Adam, Jesus had no earthly biological father, and in that way both Jesus and Adam could be called "sons of God." Yet just like the rest of humanity, Jesus was a real… Continue reading The Genealogies of Jesus, in Luke and Matthew
TLDR: It's baptism! (and communion) I don't consider myself "baptist." I still don't like the connotations associated with being baptist, including a dark history of racism, and other problems. For that reason I probably wouldn't have "baptist" in the name of a church I started for my own personal convictions. Many Presbyterians will say the… Continue reading What does it mean to be “baptist”?
Non-Christian scholars agree this parchment was written in the 1st century BC. This is a copy of Isaiah (originally written sometime around 700 BC based on its references to historical events). It even confirms the accuracy of later copies. Whatever it means for us all, like we know fossils are old, this document was written… Continue reading The Great Isaiah Scroll
In Genesis 15:6, God's Word says, "And he [Abraham] believed the Lord, and he [God] counted it to him as righteousness." Later in Romans 4:22-24, Paul references this event when he says, "That is why his faith was 'counted to him as righteousness.' But the words 'it was counted to him' were not written for… Continue reading δικαιοσύνη, צְדָקָה – righteousness